Waste and bioenergy

Green light for North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council’s new waste treatment plant

03 Nov 2014



The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has today announced its £33m investment into a new waste treatment plant in North Yorkshire. 

The project is expected to process up to 320,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste per year.

It will divert more than 7 million tonnes of waste from landfill over its lifetime – equivalent to the annual waste arisings of more than 300,000 households – and recover over 1.5 million tonnes of recyclable materials. 

In addition, it will generate 203 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power over 40,000 households.

The PPP project is being developed by North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council alongside sponsors AmeyCespa, Aberdeen UK Infrastructure Partners (a fund managed by Aberdeen Asset Management) and Equitix.  GIB will provide long-term loan financing and an equity bridge loan alongside Nord/LB, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Siemens Bank, KfW-IPEX and the European Investment Bank (EIB).  This is the first joint-investment between GIB and EIB.

The new facility in Allerton, between Harrogate and York, will be constructed at an existing landfill and quarry site by contractor AmeyCespa, who will operate the plant on completion.  This will be AmeyCespa’s largest waste project to date.

It is GIB’s first waste investment to feature such an extensive range of waste treatments and advanced technology.  The new treatment plant will enable value to be recovered from almost every aspect of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council’s waste, including:

  • Mechanical treatment facility that will recover metal, paper and plastic for recycling;
  • Onsite anaerobic digestion plant to treat organic waste which will generate around 8 GWh of renewable electricity per year; and
  • Energy-from-waste facility that will produce steam to feed an electricity generating turbine, generating 203 GWh of electricity - enough to supply the equivalent of more than 40,000 homes.

The project will process all of the residual waste from North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York with the remaining capacity of the plant used to process commercial and industrial waste sourced by AmeyCespa.

More than 400 jobs are expected to be created during the construction process and an additional 70 when Allerton Waste Recovery Park becomes operational.

Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive, UK Green Investment Bank, said:

This innovative project is a best-in-class example of how local authorities can improve recycling and generate significant amounts of renewable power from household waste.  GIB is proud of its track record supporting innovation in the waste and recycling sector and particularly pleased that this impressive facility is the first to feature the full complement of waste treatments and new technologies.

About the project

Total project value:  £319 million

Total GIB investment:  £33 million

Investors:  AmeyCespa, Aberdeen UK Infrastructure Partners (a fund managed by Aberdeen Asset Management), Equitix, UK Green Investment Bank, European Investment Bank, Nord/LB, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Siemens Bank and KfW-IPEX

Environmental impact: More than 7 million tonnes of waste from landfill over its lifetime

Energy generation: 203 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power 40,000 households

Developer:  AmeyCespa


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Notes to editors

About UK Green Investment Bank (GIB)

The UK Green Investment Bank was launched in November 2012. It has £3.8 billion of funding from the UK government. It is the first bank of its kind in the world. It is a ‘for profit’ bank, whose mission is to accelerate the UK’s transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of government. www.greeninvestmentbank.com  

About AmeyCespa

AmeyCespa combines the best of UK public service provision with over 40 years of international, unparalleled experience in waste management, with an emphasis on pioneering new technologies.

We are able to assist local authorities and our business customers in meeting their cost, sustainability and environmental challenges by providing comprehensive and innovative waste management services. We focus on bespoke services and solutions designed specifically to meet local needs.

The insights gained from our international experience – where we manage over seven million tonnes of waste each year across more than 90 sites – allow us to remain at the forefront of waste management thinking and development. www.ameycespa.com

For further information please contact the press office on press.office@amey.co.uk / 01865 713 240

About North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council is responsible for providing a wide range of public services to around 600,000 people living in around 256,600 households in North Yorkshire. The county covers an area of over 800,000 hectares and is predominantly rural and has a well-diversified economy. The importance of the financial and business services sector has grown and the service sector such as tourism jobs makes up the majority of employment. Manufacturing retains its importance, particularly the food and drink sector. High levels of self-employment and employment in small businesses are vital to the rural areas of the county as are the strong tourism and agriculture sectors. www.northyorks.gov.uk